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Fort | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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FortFort
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ale brewed with a ridiculous amount of pureed raspberries (over a ton of 'em!). Fort has a Belgian-style base, then we follow a similar fermentation process to the one we use on our other super-high ABV beers, 120 Minute IPA and World Wide Stout.

49 IBU
ABV varies from 15-18%.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2005

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Photo of yourefragile
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, bottled on 07/10/07.

Well, it doesn't really look like a raspberry beer, instead pours a golden honey amber color with a minimal off white head with little retention and lacing as expected for such high ABV, also a slow steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface. Very clear, tinged gold at the edges against light. Amazing raspberry aroma, much more liquor-ish than beer like. Very sweet, raspberry, other dark fruit, sugars, not very tart or funky, also obviously very strong alcohol presence. Body is very thick and smooth, almost syrup, like a cordial, appropriate light carbonation. Flavor doesn't resemble a beer, not even a lambic, very sweet, strong raspberry flavor, almost like a jam or yogurt. And then the alcohol, very warming in the throat and in the stomach, but never quite a burn. Definitely would prefer to see this in a smaller serving size, the 750 is rough even for two people. However, despite my friends warnings, I really enjoyed this, pushes the boundaries of what beer is, blah blah, etc.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3/4 Liter bottle received from LuckySevens82 and BIF33 - Team Spring.

A serious beer with a serious reputation for f'ing up the drinker!

Pours a near clear amber colored beer that somehow manages to form a heroic level of head despite the mighty alcohol level present.

Smell is light tasty raspberries and raspberry liqueur with faint aromas of malt and black pepper. Alcohol carries additional fruit smells to my nose mostly a delightful peach aroma. Intense distillate of fruit aromas here that is quite nearly a perfume.

Taste is lighter than expected almost more like raspberry vodka than a beer. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste but also carries a nice no artificial fruit flavor to my mouth. Raspberry and peach are about equal in flavor here. After a bit the alcohol bite lessens and the tarter fruit flavors show up in the taste. After a bit this gets really floral in flavor and reminds me of the taste of Rose Jam I ate in Turkey.

Mouthfeel is thinner than you would expect, must be all the alcohol.

An interesting beer to say the least it is much closer to a liquor than a beer. Quite close to drinking a fruit flavored perfume this is a beer best reserved for special occasions, and savored in small cups.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared last night by Barry. '08 vintage. Holy crap.

This pours a dark, deep inviting red color, with a very small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells really, really, raspberry forward, even 7 years later. It's incredible. Just rich raspberry, tart and sweet at the same time, with some raspberry seed flavor, along with some slight booziness, but nowhere near the aroma I'd expect from a beer of this ABV.

Tasting this, I can hardly believe it's 18% ABV. The booze has basically subsided, only leaving a slightly spicy warming feeling at the end of each sip. Otherwise, there's just a genuinely wonderful raspberry flavor, I can't believe how much raspberry is here even all these years later- there's clearly a deft brewing hand here. Say all you want about Dogfish Head- this is an insane, killer beer. I can't say it's exactly complex- if you're looking for nuanced flavors, or really any flavors other than raspberry, you'll be looking for a while. However, the raspberry flavor they managed to capture here is just outstanding, and that's impressive enough for me.

This is fairly thick bodied, with a juicy, crisp mouthfeel, almost pulpy in a way. There's a lower level of carbonation. It's really drinkable, and honestly doesn't even need to be a sipper. At this age, it's so easy to put down. You gotta be careful though- if you drink too much of it, you'll be knocked right on your ass.

This is one of the best DFH beers I've ever had. It's coming back out again soon, I'll have to put down for 6-7 years before trying it again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I aged this bottle for a year before drinking it. Seemed to help a good deal- still strong and alcoholic, but not hot and the flavors are somewhat more integrated. Pours a dark amber with little head and no lacing. No brilliant hues of raspberry puree here. Aromas of seedy raspberrys and creamy raspberry puree. A bit of sweet malt and some tannins on the finish- probably from raspberry seeds. Taste is similar, with very deeep raspberry flavors that are also quite tannic and bitter and exhibit rich, complex seedy/stemmy overtones. For me, this works and the resultant tannins balance the alcohol and sweetness from the raspberries. My wife hated it. Mouthfeel is very tannic and although this is definitely a sipper, a friend and I polished off the bottle with enjoyment. Definitely a unique beer and highly interesting.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for opening this up.

Pours tangerine golden with a small white head.

The aroma is dominated by sweet, sugary raspberries and alcohol. There are a small amount of citrus hops present. This has quite a potent aroma. The taste is strong, pungent raspberries. It's very sweet and the alcohol is very strong. I was drinking this and thinking that the alcohol was abnormally strong, and then I saw the ABV and it made sense. This is reminiscent of a carbonated raspberry mead. Considering the 18%, the ABV is actually decently hidden.

Light - medium bodied with a low level of carbonation and a viscous mouthfeel. This is definitely the strongest fruit beer I've ever had. The strength and sweetness knocks the drinkability down, but this is an interesting beer that's worth a try.

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Photo of weeare138
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Plenty of mixed reviews on this one. Mine is a two year old sample, bottled on 11/28/05...
Appears an orange toned amber with a 2 finger, foamy, white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. At first pour, there are a few floaters in there. Upon closer inspection, they are a few stray pieces of seperated raspberry puree complete with seeds.
Smell is remarkable and addictive from the first inhale. Notes of ripe raspberries, and freshly baked rhubarb pie with strawberries. Very intriguing and delightful.
Taste is that of an after dinner cordial that's been infused with ripe raspberries, caramelized sugar, and freshly cut strawberries.
Mouthfeel...I was expecting an over the top alcohol bomb judging by other reviews but I found this to be just the right amount of warmness to compliment the sweetness. I could compare this to some of the better Tawny Ports I've had. Save it, sit on it for a few years, drink it on a special occasion after dinner with some chocolate truffells, or creme brulee.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber/red color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Raspberry nose. Flavor is raspberry pie with alcohol, sweetish, alcohol finish. Another decent beer from DFH. Bottled Nov 13, 2006. Pricey at $16.00 for a 25.6oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of rudzud
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*2008 Vintage*

From notes taken on 6/10/11

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a crystal clear amber with a fizzy one finger head that leaves very little side lacing and a small halo.

S - Malty sweetness and super light raspberries. There are LOTS of ABV on the nose.

T - Its not bad. Tough to gauge this one. There is some raspberry/strawberry notes and they are pretty god. Unfortunately its all muddled/killed by the still very potent ABV.

M - Medium carbonation and slightly syrupy. The ABV is still noticeable.

O - Overall this isnt a bad beer, it just needs more time on it for things to smooth out. Its close though.

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Photo of corby112
1.41/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a dark cloudy amber/orange color with some golden ruby hues when held to a light source and a thin white foam head that quickly disappears leaving no lacing behind.

Sour funky aroma with a subtle hint of raspberry which is surprising, until you take a sip. Massive alcohol presence which makes this beer smell more like Mad Dog 20/20 than a beer.

Once again the alcohol dominates the flavor taking away from any semblance of other flavors including the faint hints of raspberry and sugar. Firey alcohol burn lasts throughout warming up the chest in the finish.

I thought that this beer was flat out disgusting and undrinkable. It is the only beer I have ever drain poured. I guess if you want to get wasted there could be some value in it but I would just stick with Mad Dog. Gross!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden hue with minimal head on top of an aroma that is slightly sugary and ALL raspberry it seems. A lighter body but still filling thanks to intense carbonation. Raspberry sweetness abounds thanks to the fruit and high yeast notes, but the beer is balanced enough so it's not like drinking straight razz juice or something. Finishes slightly dry and boozy, and I'll admit that I am surprised that the ABV didn't bleed into beer and ruin it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful dark and hazy cranberry orange color with no visible head.

S: Big fruity aroma with tons of fresh natural raspberries and a nice tart/sourness on nose.

T: Some alcohol is also detected. Huge tart raspberry flavor. Flavor is fruity (cherries, cranberries, and raspberries) with a nice rough berry coating on tongue. Hot raspberry alcohol tang finishes this beer out.

M: Mouthful is moderate with a big warm berry sourness going down and lots of acidit and fizzy carbonation.

D: A good sipping beer (wine substitute) for dinner.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tall flute)

A- This beer has a light crystal clear coppery body with a red tint. The head is a creamy thick dense foam that last and last. The foam sticks to the glass and looks of a slight pink hue but that might be the reflection of the beer.

S- The smell of sweet fresh raspberries is strong and wonderful. There is a supporting aroma of slightly toasted malt and perhaps some green hops. As it warms there is a bit of a buttered cooked corn note with the hops.

T- There is a bold sweet raspberry flavor that finishes a bit dry. There is a big alcohol taste to finish but it compliments the fruit. I don't taste any big fusel alcohols so it is not very harsh. There are some green resin hop flavors in the finish that are "kicked up" by the fizz and alcohol. As this beer warms some notes of cooked corn start to come through in the flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is medium light with a fizz in the texture and some alcohol heat that finishes the beer. As this beer warms more of the fusel alcohols come through and really give it more of a kick.

D- I think this is a good but young beer. I never thought of aging an American fruit beer until today. This has some nice fruit but the alcohol makes the hops really stand up and demand attention. I like it better than Champagne but not as much than some framboise I have had before. I will have to find another bottle or two and rereview in several years. It's nice they print the bottled date on the glass itself.

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The family stopped by the Dogfish Ale House for a Christmas Eve lunch. The Fort was served on tap, in a snifter and chilled.

I first had Fort last summer at the DFH pub in Rehobeth. All I recall is high alcohol and bewilderment over what fruit was in this beer. This time around, the brewers took the time to get everything right and it shows.

Appearance: The ale comes in a snifter with a small to neglible head. It is coppery-red, with an emphasis on the red from the raspberries.

Smell: Thiere is a definite raspberry smell here. It is a pleasant aroma, similar to Lindemans, but not as sweet and overbearing. The alcohol (18%) also makes itself known.

Taste: A great tasting fruit beer! The raspberry is present, but not too strong. It mixes well with the ale and provides a great lift in the taste. The alcohol is very well masked, making this a potent brew.

Mouthfeel: Unlike the first batch which lacked Raspberry content, the fruit is quite evident now. It is a mild sweetness that mixes well with the alcohol and malt. There is no overpowering hops feeling to scour the palate.

Drinkability: I've got to give this a '3' as it weighs in at 18%, which seriously limits the drinkability. Despite the ABV, I will try another one, next time I find it on tap.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with not much head because of the high abv. There are definately raspberries in the aroma along with a good dose of alcohol fumes as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Alcohol definately makes it's presence both initially and at the end that gives a long dry warming effect in the throat. This is like no other beer I have tried so it does get some creativity points. Overall, a good beer that would be great without the extreme alcohol presence. I will definately try again in the colder winter months.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hzy orange/amber color; some sediment. Poured a 3 finger tan head with good retention to a 1 finger cap. Lazily decanted. No lacing.

S: Rasberries and alcohol with a bit of a wild ale note; thats about it.

T: Rasberries with almost a sweet grape wine flavor. Earthy malt and yeast flavors in the foiundation; sweet and sour. Lots of warming alcohol.

M: Light body; almost thin. Ample carbonation. Dry and slightly hot.

D: I don't know what I was expecting. Interestingly flavorful and who knows about balance. Share with freinds and have something sweet.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2015 bottle. I was expecting this to be more fruity. Earthy, not too sweet and subtle raspberry. Kind of tastes like cough syrup. The body is not too thick and the carb makes it drink light, but this doesn't taste good.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed 1" beige head over the clear reddish copper brew. Head lasts and lasts, with tons of little bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, and heavy frothy lacing. Aroma is tart raspberries, with a bit of an earthy undercurrent. Taste is the same tart raspberries, duelling with malty sweetness and strong alcohol. The sweetness is almost cloying, and the alcohol heartily warms all the way down. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both not bad, but it certainly doesn't go down terribly smooth. Interesting brew, but I probably wouldn't go through the effort or expense to find this one again. To clarify, I can appreciate what they're doing here, I just don't have to like it.

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More subtle aroma than expected, though there are definitely raspberry notes and booze.

Flavor is sweet, but the alcohol heat counters, providing a dry finish. Raspberry is noted and pleasant, but doesn't lend any tartness. Almost medicinal, wIth an alcohol burn.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a bottled on date of 11/13/06. Fort pours a reddish/amber color with a half inch off-white head which went away very quickly. It smells fruity, like raspberries, plums, sherry and alcohol. Just pouring the beer into the glass the aroma comes out very quickly. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this brew, it tastes like tart (but not too tart) berries, pears and alcohol (port/sherry). The alcohol does hit you at first, but after a little while it settles down and the warming isn't bad at all. Obviously, more of the flavors comes out as the beer warms up a little bit. There's also a nice sweet fruity aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium/full, with a good amount of carbonation. It's also a little syrupy and dry. Drinkability is very good, considering the 18% ABV. But it's definitely a sipping/dessert beer. The next time I drink one of these, I'm going to split it with someone instead of drinking the whole bottle myself like I just did. Another good, creative effort from DFH. I'd recommend it to others to try at least once.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On 10/23/15.

A- Pours a light orange/amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Sweet port-like aroma with a cherry/raspberry aroma and a pronounced but not unpleasant booze fume.

T- Huge raspberry sweetness that doesn't taste artificial. Also notes of honey, cranberry and cherry. The alcohol is hidden exceptionally well for a beer with such massive gravity. Closest thing I can liken this to is a fortified wine/beer

M- Slick and slightly syrupy with medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Haven't had this in years and it's pretty much just as good as I remember it being. I remember the raspberry being just a bit more assertive and the color being more reddish and opaque but, other than that, they've gotten really close with this batch. Hope they can keep it up in years to come.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle

A - Pours a nice, clear, raspberry red color with a pronounced creamy lacing, no head.

S - Straight up raspberries and booze, even after four years!

T - Up front raspberries, no malt presence at all on the palate, and finishes with raspberries and booziness.

M - Heavy medium body, lip smacking sticky, noticeable warming on the way down, wet finish with the ABV evaporating off the top and leaving the sides on the tongue watering for more.

O - IMO, this beer scores way lower than what it deserves.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, fruity aroma featuring raspberries, malt, a touch of hops and a lot of booze.

T: Tasted of raspberries, hops, and some malt. The alcohol, while somewhat well masked,is unavoidable. Nonetheless, this is a pretty solid flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Like a lot of DFH beers this one will not appeal to everyone. However, this is still a drinkable beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.82/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Awesome artwork. Think I might get one of their shirts from the website.

Appearance- Pours a spritzy head with minor retention. Color reminded me of when T took a cherry Juicy Juice box and poured it into a glass. Color is a light rose and amber. With some consistant lacing.

Smell- An inspiring mix of alcohol, rasberries, hints of wheat, and sugary candy.

Taste- Starts out as rasberry juice that proceeds into a more sugary rasberry flavor. I found it amazing I could taste the FRESH, REAL rasberries in this beer. The rasberry flavor was not cloying at all. The suagry rasberry then mixed with the alcohol to give it some very comfortable warmth. The finish was a mix of fresh rasberries eaten straight from the basket, sugared rasberries, wheat, bananas, and of course alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Pretty good carbonation that enhanced the subdued sweetness of the rasberries, but helped to bring out the wheat used in this beer. Just spectacular.

I've had two bottles of this so far, this is a reveiew of my second bottle drank. The first was with my girlfriend (who is not a big beer drinker period, but she humored with this one) who thought it was stupendous. When I shared my second bottle with my friend, he thought it was a real treat. Further proof that he really enjoyed it, is that he drank a wine glass full over the course of 45 minutes. This is a rarity with my ber guzzling buddy. Who has drank a lot of my other craft beers a little quicker than I would've liked. But this beer seemed to grow on me more and moe with each sip from each bottle. Hands down, my favorite fruit beer thus far.

P.S. I have one bottle I'm gonna forget about for awhile and report on the results.

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Photo of tigg924
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled dated 7/5/2007--poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: minimal head,amber in color, clear, low carbonation

Smell: rubbing alcohol and light fruit--unappealing

Taste: an alcoholic raspberry cordial, oak, light raspberry, alcohol, some chocolate

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, heavy bodied, sweet with some alcohol burn

Overall: Glad I got to try this one, but not sure if I would do it again for the price. It is a sipper and the taste is a lot better than the smell. This one does get better as it warms. Not one to turn down, but not one to buy again. I would be curious to try other vintages.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've loved other big rasberry brews such as Founder Blushing Monk so was anticipating trying this guy for a while, but never pulled the trigger due to price. Found on tap and was excited to try.

Pours a golden amber with faint touches of red... maybe expected a big dose of red/purple/pink... little spots of bubbles, no real head. First scent brings medicinal raspberry and booze notes, lightly tart and sweet, booze takes over. Taste was taken over by the dry, burning alcohol, hides some lightly tart and sweet raspberry. For as much as this wants to be a big raspberry brew, ive found more flavor in some cheap low-abvs seasonals. Acidic and astringent, medicinal. Medium bodied, light bubbles, lingering burn. Disapointing.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,266 ratings.
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